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Had shaomai earlier that were so good that I kinda wanted to cry. Bought another order to go and immediately made plans to bring my favorite uncle to the restaurant. They had shiitake in them, so maybe I had mushrooms on the brain. At any rate, after a very hot and humid crowded day on NY/NJ public transit, I needed to go to a happy place. This CLT offering is just as I remember: sweet and comforting and chocolate-y and… wise. If this tea was a person she would be that saintly mother who somehow brought up 7 children without ever raising her voice.

song pairing: Amen – for KING & COUNTRY

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Always lovely to revisit this tea shop. Shared tasting with a regular named Gabrielle. Theresa was as brilliant as ever. The tea was as advertised.

song pairing: Syukumei – Official HIGE DANdism

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Melon

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Nicer than expected. Tea Drunk’s standard teaware was in poor shape, but the staff member was very kind and diligent about replenishing hot water in the kettle and bringing it over, making for a pretty relaxing brewing experience despite having to rinse the filter constantly. The soup was red and the scent was sweet. Was plenty tea drunk by the end.

song pairing: III. Rondo: Allegro | Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622 (Mozart) – Mark van de Wiel, London Chamber Orchestra

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drank Hao Ya 'A' by Harney & Sons
89 tasting notes

I am grateful to have tea, any tea at all, any comforting warm beverage at all, full stop. But the more I drink this one the less I enjoy it. It’s harsher on my throat than other teas. It could be the weather. I could be coming down with something. :shrug: My palate may just be gravitating away from black teas.

song pairing: Sonata in B Minor, K. 27 (Domenico Scarlatti) – Lucas Debargue

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Has the toasted quality in taste and scent that Koreans adore. Label says oolong but it is unique. It is roasty, toasty, and as the steeps progress also somehow reminiscent of gooeun gim (seaweed), but in a good way. Hard to describe. Oh 아주 구수~함.

song pairing: Eastside – benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid

Preparation
4 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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Finished the Menghai disc. So it was Yiwu followed by Menghai. The two partial discs left are Lancang/Jingmai and Lincang/Mengku

today’s keyword: Epstein

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drank 2015 Poundcake by White2Tea
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Drinking tea outdoors is all that it is hyped up to be. Annoying to prep for but worth the effort. Poundcake continues to be very good, though the original dessertlike qualities have become more muted. It has been so hot here that 81 degrees at 6:30pm feels autumnal.

song pairing: plastic angels – eben

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drank 2018 Tunji by White2Tea
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Pleasantly fragrant dry leaf. Mouth watering. Has a sort of untamed energy. Makes me feel rumbly. May try more water or less leaf next time.

song pairing: bbung – flowsik

Preparation
5 g 70 OZ / 2070 ML

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drank 2018 Hot Brandy by White2Tea
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Still really fucking good even though this was 5 grams of crumbles. Don’t worry. Made it in a separate vessel. Scent great. Body good. Caffeine waves hello!

Song pairing: Wave – ATEEZ

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drank 2005 Naka by White2Tea
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Relaxing. Couldn’t be bothered to remove old leaves for we go high and last thoughts from the pot. Naka isn’t my favorite taste/scent profile so it was an experiment. Eh. Energy is good. Taste blech. Scent meh. Went to gym after. The end.

music pairing: presidential candidate andrew yang’s playlist https://yang2020.com/spotify
https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/yangs-favorite-jams/pl.u-gxblkKJtXJej7

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